Traditional toys

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By Sally Grayearly years teacher and writer

From skittles and hoops to castles and knights, old-fashioned toys are perfect for developing a variety of skills


1 Super skittles

Play a fun game of skittles to develop counting skills

EYFS Area of learning > Mathematics > Numerical Patterns

What you need

Group size: small groups.

Set of different-coloured skittles and a ball; safe, open space.

What to do

Invite the children to play a game of skittles. Start by counting the number of skittles as you line them up ready to knock down. Count the total number of skittles, and then the number of each different colour.

Let the children take turns to roll the ball to knock down the skittles. Encourage each child to count the number of skittles that they have knocked down. Then, ask questions such as, ‘How many red ones have you knocked down?’, ‘How many blue ones?’ and so on.

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